The Appalachian

Incoming students will get to know their new home virtually

Incoming students will get to know their new home virtually

Rachel Greenland, Reporter

April 25, 2020

A Union Academy Charter School senior has looked forward to stepping on campus as a Mountaineer since she was a child, but she will have to wait a little bit longer before making Boone her home.  Elle Brislin, along with all other new students, will attend summer orientation online. Nikki Crees, e...

Gov. Roy Cooper: schools closed for remainder of year

Gov. Roy Cooper: schools closed for remainder of year

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor

April 24, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper announced in a press conference Friday that North Carolina’s K-12 schools will continue online education for the remainder of the school year. Schools have been closed since his March 14 executive order. "We don't make this decision lightly but it's important to protect the health and s...

NC coastal town borders COVID-19 on all sides, still no cases

The sun sets along the Albemarle Sound in Camden County, N.C. The town is bridged to Elizabeth City by the Pasquotank River.

Emily Broyles, News Editor

April 24, 2020

CAMDEN, N.C. – A small town roughly an hour north of the Outer Banks has one Dollar General, a few restaurants and countless fields. It also happens to be one out of seven counties in North Carolina that has no laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Amy Underhill, healthy communities coordinat...

The Peel raises funds after print budget cut due to COVID-19

Tucker Wulff, Associate A&C Editor

April 24, 2020

Budget cuts and stay-at-home orders are forcing members of App State’s student-run literature and arts review to rethink spring semester goals as the academic year comes to a close.   The Peel publishes student art online in the fall and spring semesters and a print edition at the close of ...

Confusion reigns as SGA Senate elections postponed

Confusion reigns as SGA Senate elections postponed

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

April 23, 2020

At a glance: In a move reserved for the Senate, Director of Elections Brigitte Kelly canceled Senate elections on March 26. The SGA Senate voted on April 16 to hold Senate elections from April 23-27.  Student body presidential elections were still held because the president-elect Michael Davis...

Gov. Roy Cooper extends stay-at-home order, announces phased reopening of state

Gov. Roy Cooper extends stay-at-home order, announces phased reopening of state

Jackie Park, Editor-in-Chief

April 23, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper announced in a press conference Thursday that North Carolina's stay-at-home order is extended through May 8. "I will not risk the health of our people or our hospitals, and easing these restrictions now would do that," Cooper said. Cooper said North Carolina is on the right track...

Making masks for a difference: sewing machine inspires student to give back

Michaela Blanchard, senior commercial photography major, is making masks each week to donate to the elderly and local medical facilities.

Tucker Wulff, Associate A&C Editor

April 23, 2020

After losing two jobs because of COVID-19, an App State student is balancing school, taking care of her family and making approximately 170 face masks per week to deliver for free.  Michaela Blanchard, a senior commercial photography major, said she found her sewing machine while moving out of her Boone...

A hobby turned profitable: UNC college student expands handmade jewelry business

Anna Jordan, a Winston-Salem native and rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, turned her jewelry making hobby into a business venture and now makes personalized jewelry for several colleges, including App State.

Camryn Collier, A&C Reporter

April 23, 2020

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — What started as a hobby on Instagram one summer, AnnaBanana Jewelry has become a functioning e-commerce shop selling earrings, necklaces, bracelets, scrunchies and more for a largely collegiate clientele.  Created by Anna Jordan, a rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, the shop features ...

Michael Davis voted 2020-21 student body president

Michael Davis voted 2020-21 student body president

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

April 20, 2020

Current student body vice president Michael Davis is the next App State student body president after defeating Caleb Hudson in a runoff election. "First, I would like to congratulate Caleb and Michael on running a strong campaign, and express my gratitude to the Mullins.Martin campaign for their support...

Update: SGA Senate elections on hold

Update: SGA Senate elections on hold

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

April 19, 2020

Update April 21: The SGA senate elections are on hold after a senator who spearheaded the vote for the elections dates met with advisers. The story was also updated to include information that J.J. Brown has not sent a memo regarding campus wide elections. “In an April 20 meeting with the SGA advisers,...

“I cried the day we shut the doors:” local fashion retailers hope to recover facing uncertainty

Lou Ella South, owner of specialty store South's Clothiers in Boone Mall, has joined other local retailers in applying for federal loans in order to help her business survive the pandemic.

Christina Beals, Reporter

April 18, 2020

Though vacant and dark after temporarily closing March 24, Boone Mall was dimly lit by a storefront that displayed its fashion lines for the upcoming prom season that never happened. Open since 1983, South’s Clothiers is a local specialty store that carries prom dresses, wedding gowns and rental tu...

App State alumna and childcare center owner keeps kids in the High Country busy with “learning kits”

Cassidy Hogan, an App State alumna and owner of Discovery Valley Childcare decided to create

Abi Pepin, Senior Political Correspondant

April 18, 2020

Many families throughout the country are adjusting to the change of their children being out of school. Families in Watauga County and the surrounding area now have the opportunity to bring their learning activities to their preschoolers while at home. Cassidy Hogan, an App State alumna and owner...